Philadelphia Coalition Opposes Obama’s Proposed Cuts To LIHEAP

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A coalition of consumers groups, city agencies, and charitable foundations is launching a counter-strike against plans by President Obama and the House of Representatives to make massive cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

“It’s not only penny-wise and pound-foolish, it’s stupid.”

John Rowe, executive director of the Utility Emergency Services Fund, is pulling no punches on his thoughts about the proposal to effectively gut LIHEAP.

“We saw about 5,000 people last year who came to us who needed help to get utilities turned back on,” Rowe said. “If there’s another 55,000 who don’t get LIHEAP the strain on the city budget, the strain on the state budget will be tremendous.”

Philadelphia Consumer Advocate Lance Haver says now the hard work begins.

“What we’re doing is asking our elected officials to join with us and call on the administration to rethink this,” he said. “Yes, we may have to save money but we shouldn’t save it by freezing people out.”

The coalition will be lobbying local lawmakers while getting their message out to the public.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio

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  • Guess Who

    If you want help, go to your church, not to the taxpayer. You’re in no position to DEMAND anything.

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  • Mom on the Main Line

    There’s another population out here!!! People like me who don’t qualify for LIHEAP but can’t afford heating oil or repairs the their heaters!!! We’ve gone three years without real heat. Using the gas oven and electric radiators. Racking up huge electrics bills… it’s a vicious circle…

    I’m a college graduate with a Master’s Degree. I work one full-time and would love to find a parti-time job but can’t afford to pay additional child care. We don’t have cable, I don’t have cell phone, I don’t have internet, I clip coupons and save any way I can. I’m making less money at the same job I’ve had for four years as health care cost go up. No to mention the increase in the cost of gas, food, utilities, taxes!! I just can’t see anything getting better.

    Please let these folks have heat!!!! My 5 year-old son is in Kindergarten and it nearly broke my heart when his reply on some schoolwork was…

    Winter makes me feel. FREEEEEEEEZING!!!!!! He said he added all those E’s because he’s just so cold.

  • Nancy S.

    The handouts have to stop somewhere. People have to take responsibility for their own lives.

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